Three 'Best of British' beach huts

First stop: Devon (Plymouth) and the aptly named 'The Beach Hut'

If you're after a certain cosy, rough-round-the-edges charm, look no further than this former boathouse, located in a small cove, with its own beach. Complete with a double bed for two and dining table with bench seats, adding to that wood-cabin feel, this hideaway boasts a compost toilet, shower and a hot tub, for those steamy Summer evenings. Wind-up lanterns are provided as no electricity is available. Nearby villages of Newton Ferrers and Holbeton offer further opportunities to take the sea air.

Weekend stay for two from £399; 01752 830 020; carswellcottages.com/thebeachhut.

Next on the tour: Mudeford Spit, in Dorset

Wedged between Christchurch harbour and the Solent river proudly stands a long sand-bank littered with hundreds of brightly coloured, privately owned beach huts. In particular, one No. 164, a new, sea-facing addition to the row sleeps six guests in a cosy nook based up a small flight of stairs. The hut contains a fridge, working cooker and solar-powered lighting, so you can find your trunks in the dark for that midnight dip. During the day, head to the nearby dunes, or visit the Hengistbury Head nature reserve. From July, pricses start at £600 per week; 023 8073 0956.

And finally...the fantastic Flying Boat Club, in Tresco, on the Isles of Scilly

For a merry band of holiday-makers (i.e., six to 10 people), each of these twelve cottages along Tresco's shore offer a more contemporary twist to their seaside surroundings with oak decor and chic furnishings, luxuries such as Wi-Fi and satellite TV and modern kitchen to prepare that picnic in. With excellent views of Bryher island, these cottages provide a great base for those after a spot of cycling or wanting to explore their surroundings by foot. For those needing to be pampered, all cottages share an indoor pool and spa. Prices for each cottage (with three bedrooms) from £1,375 per week. 01720 422 849; tresco.co.uk.

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